Iowa

Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair

The Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair was held in Davenport Iowa at the RiverCenter on March 1st and 2nd. Throughout the RiverCenter, over 100 vendors were offering new health products for everyone to try, fashion, beauty products and even companies that you could join or become a part of such as gyms to get your body into better shape.

The featured celebrity guest this year that came to speak was Ruben Studdard, winner of American Idol and celebrity guest on The Biggest Loser. Ruben spoke about his journey on American Idol and more so on his journey on The Biggest Loser and how he lost weight.

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Iowa Girl Eats

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Crisp, clear photos of food displayed among Iowa Girl Eats is what captures my attention and I am sure many others who follow Kristin Porter’s blog would say the same. What makes her blog even better is that she’s from Iowa!

As soon as you go to her page, most likely a photo will be displayed of a new recipe for people to try. This week is all of her “favorites finds” among the web and I could agree with many of her favorite finds, many look delicious! Who doesn’t like Edible Eggless cookie dough? Makes me want to make some right now!

Besides recipes that Kristin posts on her blog she also includes different workouts and tips, places she has traveled to and posts about her family.

I was able to contact Kristin to ask her a few questions about Iowa Girl Eats.

Q: How did you come up with your blog name?
Answer from Kristin: When I first started my blog it was more of a “day in the life” account of what I was eating, doing, etc., hence the name. Since the beginning in 2009, my site has morphed into a recipe-centered site, but luckily the name still fits!

Q: Do you create your own recipes? What one is your favorite that you have recently made?
A: Recipes on my site are about 70/30 my recipes/adapted or inspired by other recipes. If I’m creating a recipe that is based on another one, I always site the original source. My favorite recipe as of late would definitely be my Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan. It’s a riff on my favorite appetizer, Almond-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, and is so fantastic! (http://iowagirleats.com/2014/02/26/warm-kale-salad-with-bacon-dates-almonds-crispy-shallots-and-parmesan/)

Q: Do you take all of your photos yourself of the food you make? 
A: I do! I use a Nikon D7000 and shoot in natural sunlight whenever possible.
Q: Do you get to travel a lot and is it for business for your site or just for fun and somehow incorporate it into Iowa Girl Eats?
A:
I had a son 7 months ago so I haven’t been doing much traveling lately. Before that though I was able to travel frequently for the blog, on blogger trips learning about different companies/services first hand. For example, visiting lettuce growing fields in Monterey, California with DOLE foods. Whether I’m traveling for business or pleasure, I almost always write about it on the blog. I love sharing my travel adventures!
Be sure to check out her blog and try some of the recipes, there are tons available to choose from.
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